But what about the red ball? (roll it around) It scoots around until someone stops it.
This red ball symbolizes energy – movement – that force in nature. Dr. Montessori took a red ball as the symbol for the part of speech that represents movement – action. We know that part of speech is the verb. In our grammar symbols, the symbol for the verb is a red circle – the two-dimensional representation of this red ball.
The work we’re going to do with the elementary grammar boxes center around these two most important parts of speech: the noun and the verb. The other parts of speech have a relationship to the noun and to the verb. That relationship is determined by the noun and the verb. We’re going to help the children recognize the importance and the significance of these two parts of speech, and help them see the relationship that the other parts have to the noun and the verb.